Guidelines to Strengthen Privacy and Network Security EffortsGuidelines to Strengthen Privacy and Network Security Efforts

In mid-February 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released voluntary industry standards and best practices to prevent cyber-attacks in its publication “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” In a statement, President Barack Obama called the Framework a turning point, but also notes that there is still work to be done against these Privacy and Network Security threats.

The government notes that the Framework, which was created through their collaboration with the private sector,..

Posted:February 26, 2014

Immediate opening for an experienced Property and Casualty Producer to join a growing professional/management liability insurance brokerage located in Franklin Lakes, NJ. PL Risk Advisors Inc. PL Risk is a wholesale brokerage focusing solely on Professional/Management Liability Insurance products, including E&O, D&O, EPL, Privacy, Crime and Fiduciary products. PL Risk is seeking to expand its national presence and looking for up to three new Professional/Management Liability Brokers. 

The successful candidate will have from 3-5 years brokerage experience, preferably in professional/management liability.  This individual can work out of our Corporate Offices in New Jersey with 14 other professionals or remotely..

Posted:February 24, 2014

Insurance Agent Liability The Top Priorities for Insurers in 2014Insurance Agent Liability: The Top Priorities for Insurers in 2014

2014 is well under way, and it’s time for insurers to identify and focus on a few major priorities. The insurance industry is on the front line of societal and business change, and must develop and launch products that meet specific needs in the marketplace. Many of these changes are technological, such as online customer experience management and digital case management. Independent insurance agents and brokers use, and will continue to use, technology..

Posted:February 17, 2014

What Opportunities Do Insurance Agents Face in 2014 – Part 2What Opportunities Do Insurance Agents Face in 2014? – Part 2

In part one of this 2-part blog post, we took a look at a few of the challenges and opportunities that insurance agents and brokers are facing going into 2014. These opportunities included educating clients on the healthcare reform, keeping up with social media use, and helping clients to understand their insurance needs. In part two of this post, we’ll take a look at a few more opportunities and how to..

Posted:February 14, 2014
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What Opportunities Do Insurance Agents Face in 2014 – Part 1What Opportunities Do Insurance Agents Face in 2014? – Part 1

Many changes affected insurance agents in 2013, including the healthcare reform, carrier price and underwriting changes, and maximizing the use of social media. These changes presented challenges, and with those challenges came opportunities for insurance agents to tackle. In the first part of this 2-part blog post, we’ll look at just a few of the opportunities that insurance agents face in in 2014, and how to tackle them.

Perhaps the biggest challenge..

Posted:February 10, 2014

Autism SpeaksA winter social supporting Autism Speaks will be held at Valley Stables Food & Drink on February 25th, from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Live entertainment will be provided by Jim Gysin and 30% of the proceeds will go directly to Autism Speaks.  Valley Stables is located at 588 Ramapo Valley Road Oakland, NJ 07436.

This social is informal and will help raise awareness of autism. Autism is the second most common developmental disorder in the United States affecting one in every 88 children born today. More children will be diagnosed..

Posted:February 6, 2014

BYOD Policies Increase Cyber Exposure and Data Breach RisksIncreasing Cyber and Data Breach Risks Linked to Business Management

According to survey results from Stroz Friedberg, a global leader in investigations, intelligence, and risk management, corporate managers put their companies at high risk of data breaches and intellectual property loss. In other words, it’s not necessarily the rank-and-file workers who present the biggest risks.

In a survey called “On the Pulse: Information security Risk in American Business” of more than 750 information workers in U.S. businesses, it was found that 87%..

Posted:February 5, 2014

Cyber Risk Is on the RiseCyber Risk Is on the Rise

The third annual Allianz Risk Barometer surveyed over 400 corporate insurance experts from more than 30 countries, asking each to identify their top concerns. For the 2014 survey, the top four risks remained the same compared to 2013. These risks are business interruption/supply chain, natural catastrophes, fire/explosion, and changes in legislation/regulation.

An alarming change in this year’s report though, was that cyber risk is on the rise. This risk roared into the top 10 biggest risks, climbing seven spots from last..

Posted:February 4, 2014
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Insurance Agent Professional Liability Recognizing Agency ChallengesInsurance Agent Professional Liability: Recognizing Agency Challenges

Getting new customers to choose your company for their business insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, etc. isn’t as easy as it may have been in the past. Marketing solutions require more than just persuading them, and follow-up has become increasingly important, especially with the increase of technologies such as online reviews and social media sharing. Below are some of the challenges currently facing insurance agents.

Changing Demographics. The number of single parent households has more than doubled since the early..

Posted:January 23, 2014

Employment Practices Liability Reducing the RiskEmployment Practices Liability Insurance: Reducing Risk

Seemingly due to the recent recession, there has been a rise in employee lawsuits against their employers. Claims such as age discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, racial discrimination, and retaliation have been seen more and more frequently. It’s a good idea to share with your clients some steps that they can take in order to protect themselves against EPL claims.

Distribute a well-written employee handbook.

This should contain your client’s equal employment opportunity policy and should provide their employees with an..

Posted:January 20, 2014

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